Starting Date: 08-08-2005
Ending Date: 08-14-2005
San Diego, California
United StatesWay back in 1999, rallies, marches, and protests against the World Trade
Organization in Seattle set off a vibrant movement seeking a new direction
for globalization. It is no secret that young people are leading the global
justice movement to respond to the challenges of globalization. Student
activists have played the most visible role in fighting sweatshop labor and
in protests outside summits and meetings.
If you want your step your activism up a notch to pick up where the protests
leave off, then attend the Sierra Student Coalition Summer Trade Activist
Training in San Diego, California from August 8 – 14.
Through in-depth information sessions, hands-on skills workshops, and
discussion-based planning sessions on everything from basic grassroots
organizing skills to the intricacies of trade policy, the training will
equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to work for environmentally
responsible trade in your community. The culmination of the training
program will be an excursion south to the maquiladora zone along the
U.S./Mexico border. There we will tour a maquiladora factory and meet with
the members of Mexican community organizations. We will leave the training
not only with extensive background knowledge but also with the skills and
concrete plans to create lasting change for our local communities and for
our sister communities in Mexico.
Who? Student activists who want to make trade clean, green, and fair
Where? San Diego, California (travel scholarships available)
When? August 8 -14, 2005, Monday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Why? Free trade agreements threaten hard-won environmental and labor
standards and erode the ability of countries to protect the environment at
the international, national, state and local levels. We must organize to
transform free trade into fair trade.
What will we focus on?
*The history of the global trade system and the institutions that govern it
*The politics that shape global trade
*Campaign planning skills
*Building grassroots trade justice campaigns
A few other reasons to attend the Trade Activist Training:
*Learn about trade issues from trade experts
*Meet like-minded student activists who share your passion and enthusiasm
*Get hooked into the oldest, largest, and most effective grassroots
environmental organization in the nation
*Maybe even have a little bit of fun…
The subsidized cost of the program is $120, which covers tuition, room and
board, and local transportation to and from the site. If you are not already
a member of the Sierra Club, a $25 student membership is also required
(entitling you to all the benefits of Club membership). Full refunds will be
available until 3 weeks before each program if you are unable to attend.
Checks must be mailed to our Washington, D.C. office at 408 C Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
For those who cannot afford the cost of the program or of travel expenses,
some need-based scholarships are available. We do not want money to be a
reason not to attend. Please call 888-JOIN-SSC for scholarship information.
Registrations will be accepted until May 15th or until the programs are
full. Space is limited to 30 students. We will notify you within a week of
receiving your application.
How to Register:
Go to our website – http://www.ssc.org/issues/trade -- and register online.
Geographical Scope: National